Hot Peppers ready to blaze

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, February 08, 2014    

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NEW, hot and very much improved. That's what the new owners of Peppers Lounge & Grill are saying.

The club, located on the top level of the Lee Gore Business Centre at 31 Upper Waterloo Road, St Andrew, had its relaunch on Wednesday.

"Our aim is to bring the brand back into the 21st century," said Lodwick Bryan, who shares management duties with his wife, Kareen.

"We're looking to for a more mature audience and hope to bring them by providing the clean retro music they tend to like," Mrs Bryan added.

The couple took over in November last year with the intention of filling a void in the Kingston night entertainment scene.

Nostalgia is the key and the Peppers brand carries weight in that segment. However, the whole venue has been modified to handle the more sophisticated tastes of those formerly associated with the old Peppers.

"We purposely had a quiet opening last year, so that word of mouth would work its way around within our target market rather than the early hype. This is a new space and a new energy," said Mrs Bryan.

The new Peppers boasts a second bar and a kitchen providing high-quality finger food courtesy of head chef Jason Gentles.

It will be open seven days a week featuring theme nights, karaoke on Sunday and live music. The Bryans haven't ignored the youth crowd completely and promise to cater to them during their most active seasons such as Spring Break.

Wednesday's opening party held true to that with something for everyone. Guests were served food aplenty, allowed to sample mixed drinks at leisure, all while they listened to a good selection of 90s reggae. Additional entertainment came from several live sets from band Downstairs and a quick whirl of Latin dancing. Both went over well with the crowd.

"The new Peppers' mantra is that we close when the last person leaves," said Mr Bryan.





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